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Refugee relocation: numbers up but Member States still need to provide tens of thousands of places
1.3.17
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The Commission has published an update on the number of refugees moved from Greece and Italy to other EU Member States via the relocation scheme agreed in September 2015.

The number of people relocated has increased (800 people have been relocated from Greece and 504 from Italy since the last update on 8 February).

However the number of places actually pledged - as compared to the number of places Member States are legally bound to provide - is still massively short of the foreseen total of 160,000.

In the Commission's report of 8 February, 15,329 places had been pledged across the EU for refugees in Greece and 7,599 for refugees in Italy. The latest "state of play" document only shows a combined total of 24,883, an increase of 1,955.

See: Commission: Member States' Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism (As of 27 February 2017) (pdf) and for 8 February update: Commission: 9th report on relocation and resettlement (Statewatch News Online)

Greece

Legal commitments of other Member States: 63,302 places

Number of places pledged: 15,329 (as of 8 February)

Number of people relocated: 9,566 (as of 27 February), an increase of 800 since 8 February.

Italy

Legal commitments of other Member States: 34,953 places

Number of places pledged: 7,599 (as of 8 February)

Number of people relocated: 3,704 (as of 27 February), an increase of 504 since 8 February

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